In July 2010, Microsoft transitioned from providing mainstream support for Windows Server 2003 to releasing critical patches only. July 14, 2015 marks another transition, this time the end of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003/R2. While this date may seem distant, now is the time to understand that the Windows Server 2003 end of support and the end of life means that your business needs to ensure it has a plan to migrate the applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003 onto Windows Server 2012 R2 or Microsoft Azure.
We understand that this EOS brings complexities, but it also brings wonderful opportunities to transform your datacenter. An upgrade makes it possible for your IT department to take advantage of the new advancements since Windows Server 2003 that are included in Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as Microsoft Azure. These improvements are not only with the operating system, but in the way IT can support the business. Don’t think of this as a mere lift and shift, but a truly amazing time to reconsider the way you position your business for the future.
Microsoft envisions a datacenter without boundaries—where you can extend beyond the resources you have on-premises to more easily used cloud resources when you need them. Rapidly build new global-scale applications or websites. Scale infrastructure at a moment’s notice to meet the most demanding business requirements. And reduce the cost of storage, backup, and recovery.
Microsoft server technologies offer another great advantage: dynamic delivery of applications. The goal of creating infrastructure is to help your IT professionals respond to the needs of the business more quickly and with greater agility. With the power of automation, IT professionals are equipped to provision, deploy, monitor, and manage nearly everything—applications and infrastructure—from a consistent platform across clouds.
We urge you to start your planning to migrate off of Windows Server 2003 and onto a platform that will provide you the security and reliability that you’ve experienced over the last decade with Windows Server 2003, with the added value of the features now included in Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as the hybrid opportunities available to you with Microsoft Azure.
Delaying will only create additional expenses, and “rigging” your environments to detect intrusion, inclusion of more advanced firewalls, network segmentation, and so on; to simply isolate Windows Server 2003 servers will only result in a datacenter that costs more, and is still out of compliance, and out of date. Not to mention the maintenance costs for aging hardware… you’re just delaying your opportunity to transform.
|| Discover and catalog software and workloads running on Windows Server 2003/R2.|
|| Assess your inventory. Categorize and analyze the applications and workloads you cataloged based on factors that will help you make informed choices about priorities and urgency.|
|| Target the right migration destination for each application and workload. Take the opportunity to learn how you can transform your datacenter with the robust capabilities and services offered in Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Office 365. |
|| Make a plan and begin to migrate. To help you plan, Springhouse invites you to schedule a private consultation to explain migration options and how you can get support—and transform your datacenter more efficiently and with minimal disruption.|